Alundra and Arc the Lad coming to the PlayStation Store next week
Over at the NeoGaf forums, Victor Ireland (President of the now defunct Working Designs) announced that Alundra and Arc the Lad are coming to the PSN on October 12th for $5.99. Both games were rated by the ESRB back in September.
At the moment, Alundra is not being released in Europe due to complications. Ireland is hoping that the US PSN sales will be enticing enough to get Sony Europe’s attention. Arc the Lad was never released in Europe, so don’t count on that game ever making it to the EU PSN.
As we speculated, the Arc the Lad Collection is being broken up into separate releases. Although a release has not been set in stone yet, expect Arc the Lad II to hit the PSN in about a month. According to Ireland, more PSone Classics could make it to the PSN if Alundra and Arc the Lad have strong sales. Here’s what Victor had to say regarding numbers:
It’s more a question of “is it worth the effort”? It’s a complete pain in the butt to get older titles licensed and ready for PSN. If they only sell 5,000 or 10,000 or something, it’s hardly worth it after everyone takes their cut. If we’re selling 20 or 30k units (which is completely reasonable for an RPG at these prices and with the PS3 installed base), and up, it makes sense to keep grinding away at the other titles we’re working on and maybe even get some PS1 content that was never localized translated for first-time release. There are lots of possibilities, but they all hinge on sales of these first few titles, since they don’t get a whole lot better than this. If these won’t sell for $5.99, nothing will.
The take home message here is to buy these games and support awesomeness. A full press release is coming soon. We’ll keep you updated.